Fantasy Football 2015: Injury Update 11/2
Fantasy Football Injury News: Week 9 Outlook on Ailing Players
November 2, 2015
It’s a fantasy football Monday in Week 8, which means it’s time once again for us to check out some of the notable injury situations out there in the NFL and see what they’ll mean for our rosters heading into a crucial Week 9. Let’s take a closer look and see what we can decipher from this tough injury weekend.
The proverbial elephant in the room this morning is Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, who injured his knee in an ugly-looking hit during their loss to the Bengals yesterday.
The initial reports here are that Bell suffered a torn MCL and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. The team will get an MRI confirmation today, then make the move. It’s a devastating development for him.
That means it’s time to get your waiver claims in for DeAngelo Williams, who should be able to step in and put up some good fantasy numbers.
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Ravens veteran WR Steve Smith is the other big injury casualty from yesterday. He suffered a torn Achilles yesterday and will miss the remainder of the season.
This was reportedly going to be Smith’s last year, as he’d planned on retiring. The injury could change things, however, but we won’t know for several months. In the meantime, be sure to jettison him in fantasy.
When it rains, it pours for the 49ers. Reggie Bush was carted off yesterday following a punt return. He slipped on some concrete near the team bench and is believed to have torn his ACL.
This could spell the end for Bush’s NFL career as well--he’ll be a 31-year-old free agent at the end of the season.
The Niners’ backfield has been decimated by injury this year, with Bush, Mike Davis and Carlos Hyde all banged up yesterday. Kendall Gaskins was taking the handoffs yesterday.
The Chargers have a couple of notable injury situations in Keenan Allen and Ladarius Green. Allen’s doesn’t sound too bad--the team is calling it “back spasms.” It sounds like he should be okay for next week.
As for Green, we’ll have to wait for some more information. He sustained an ankle injury in the first half and was ruled out the rest of the way.
The Bears lost both the game and Matt Forte yesterday, as the No. 1 RB went down with a knee injury.
As of now, it’s believed to be an MCL sprain, which would actually be good news. If indeed he escaped a significant injury, we’re looking at a multiple-week absence. Make plans without him on your fantasy roster for a while.
Khiry Robinson looks like he broke his leg against the Giants yesterday. He was taken to the hospital at halftime. If that’s the case, he’s done for the year.
That means Mark Ingram will get more carries for the Saints.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely miss multiple weeks for the Jets, so scratch him from your bye-week plans. He tore ligaments in his thumb (non-throwing) and will get an MRI today to see what the extent of the damage is.
In the meantime, don’t bother to add Geno Smith. Look elsewhere.
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